Easy Rosemary Garlic Pork Roast is perfect for a weekend or workday meal. Smoked when there’s more time, Oven Roasted or Slow Cooked when you’re busy with life.
I love Rosemary Garlic Pork Roast because of its quick prep time and unforgettable flavor. I pair most pork meals with organic applesauce, enjoying the saucy pork and apple flavor.
Smoking the Rosemary Garlic Pork Roast is my favorite way to prepare this meal. My dear husband is in charge of the grilling/smoking at our house. If he isn’t home, Fred has taught our teenage boys to stoke and grill/smoke with the Big Green Egg. Thankfully, I can honestly say, “I don’t do outdoor grilling” since my two youngest sons will be at home for a few more years. That means I can continue to keep my hands charcoal-free and my hair un-singed!
Rosemary Garlic Pork oven roasted is easy and creates a tasty meal. I use this method in winter when the snow is falling and temperatures are below freezing. Most ovens today have a delayed time bake mode, but our oven uses gas, so I don’t employ this feature unless I’m home to double-check for proper ignition and burning. I know—it has safety components but somehow I just feel better double-checking things.
Slow cooker Rosemary Garlic Pork Roast method features quick preparation, and it’s easy to achieve the necessary 4 hour cook time when an on/off timer is used. I plug the cooker into the timer that has been adjusted to start at the desired hour and have the off tab set for well after I will be arriving home.
With pork, it helps to know the grower or research the info on the meat’s label. We normally purchase a whole pig that was family-farm raised. The hogs gain weight on whole-grains grown without chemicals on their farm, without the use of antibiotics and nasty grease-trap oils for feed. With my cutting order, I get the meat cuts specifically the way we like them. I keep the fat, adding it to the game meat we process or render it into lard to use for cooking. I ask for the organ meats and the head. We use a butcher who resides seventy-seven miles from our home because we can get cured bacon, hocks, and hams prepared without nitrates. All the steps from raising animals to packaging the meat are vital to achieving a nutritionally dense food that you feel safe sharing with family.
The National Pork Board recommends cooking pork chops, roasts, and tenderloin to an internal temperature between 145° F. (medium rare) and 160° F. (medium), followed by a 3-minute rest. Large cuts increase approximately 10° F. while resting, so remove from heat at 150° F. followed by a 10-minute rest.¹ The rule of thumb for pork roasts is to cook them 25 minutes per pound of meat at 350 degrees F. Use a thermometer to read the internal temperature of the meat.²
This would go great with:
Don’t forget to pin this ROSEMARY GARLIC PORK ROAST to your favorite Pinterest board for later!
Rosemary Garlic Pork Roast
Easy Rosemary Garlic Pork Roast is perfect for a weekend or workday meal. Smoked, when there's more time. Baked or Slow Cooked when you're busy with life.
- 1 3.5 lbs. pork roast
- 1 Tbsp rosemary dried or 2 Tbsp fresh
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper ground
- 1 Tbsp olive oil organic extra virgin
- 1/2 lemon or lime juiced
Combine rosemary, garlic, sea salt, and pepper in a bowl.
Pour oil onto meat and rub it in. Rub the spice mixture into the meat. Choose a method of cooking.
Soak wood chips, apple or hickory, for minimum 1 hr or overnight in water. Toss water out and add chips to center of heated smoker just before putting meat on.
Cook for approximately 1 hour. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees F. Remove to platter and let rest. Top with the lemon juice and serve.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Place pork in Rectangular Baker or a baking pan. You can add small potatoes, carrots and such around edges for a complete meal.
Cook about 1 hour. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees F. Remove roast to a platter and let rest. Top with the lemon juice and serve.
Place pork in slow cooker and vegetables of your choice. Cook for 4 hours on low setting. Use a plug in timer if necessary.
Pour lemon juice over top before serving.
- Pork Cooking Times and Temperatures. (2015, March). Retrieved November 05, 2017, from https://www.porkbeinspired.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/2924.pdf
- How to Cook the Best Pork Dinners of Your Life. (2017, April 20). Retrieved November 05, 2017, from http://dish.allrecipes.com/cooking-questions-pork/
Tools used to make this recipe (click on photo to learn more):
Big Green Egg All Natural Charcoal Starters– 24 cubes Easiest way to fire up the lump coal.
BBQ Dragon Charcoal Starter and Fire Lighter for Barbecue Grills, Fire Pits, Camping, and Fireplaces – Battery-powered Bellows Quickly get the Egg to temperature with a fan on the lump coal. We use rechargeable batteries.
- Slow Cooker: I have the Crockpot, which is an inexpensive slow cooker.
Did you love this recipe? Check out our other popular dinner ideas: